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Albariño and Rias Baixas

On today's show we talk all about the northwest Spanish region of Galicia and in particular, Rias Baixas.  Jorge Trujillo Lopez is the Export Manager of Fillaboa.  Check out the discussion of Albariño, growing grapes in a rainy climate, and the sub-region of Condado de Tea.  You can check out the archive here:

Washington Wine Focus

I'm joined on the show today (1/30/18):

The much anticipated Austin restaurant opening, Guild, owner Stuart Thomajin and Chef Sterling Ridings will be on the show to talk about their concept, menu, and their place in the Austin Dining scene.  Check out more info:

Dr. Shelly Sethi and the Health benefits of wine

Dr. Shelly Sethi comes on the show to chat about her practice of integrative and functional medicine.  We also take a deep dive into the health benefits of moderate consumption of wine (2 glasses for men/ 1 glass for women per day), and break down how certain wine components affect the body.

Dr. Shelly's website:

Shane Moore, winemaker for Gran Moraine and Zena Crown

I hope you all enjoyed the discussion of Oregon wine with winemaker Shane Moore from Gran Moraine ( and Zena Crown ( 

Bark for Beers and RLV winemaker Kyle Johnston

If you missed Another Bottle Down last Tuesday or you wanted more information, here are the details:

Divine Canine's fundraiser Bark For Beers: 

Truth in Labeling TX Wine

You access this podcast of this week's show address a proposed bill in the Texas House of Rep.  Join winery owner Chris Brundrett (William Chris Vineyards) and sommelier Rae Wilson (Wine for the People) for a discussion of their movement to make Texas wine from 100% Texas Grapes.

Local Cider and Saké

This week on the show we interview James Sutton from Austin Eastciders and Jeff Bell from TX Saké company.  Austin Eastciders has be blowing up, they've moved to a larger facility on the South East side and will be soon opening a tap room.  Jeff from TX Saké tells us all about the saké making process and how they use all American ingredients to craft a TX saké.  He also shares some cocktail rec

New Year's Champagne Special Edition

I hope everybody has the happiest of New Year's.  Check out the recommendations from my guests:

Shadd Scott- Pioneer Wine Company recommends Krug (for Large House), Varnier Fanniere (Me too!), Moussé & Fils, Gaston Chiquet

David Salinas- Chartogne Taillet (Cuvée St. Anne and Rosé), Champagne Pouillon

Christmas Special

Today we are joined by prominent Austin wine personalities, Ron Weiss, Jon Gerber (Glazer's), Chris Howell (Republic), Jesse Brantly (Republic), Moxy Castro-League (Glazer's), Shannon Dickson (Republic).  You can listen to the archive:

Here's the list of wines:

The Texas Wine Journal talks the Hybrid Varieties of Texas

We had a lot of fun today celebrating Texas Wine Month (October) by tasting and talking about some of the more obscure grape varieties that are native to the US, namely Blanc du Bois and Black Spanish.  Here were the wines that we explored, and you can relisten at


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